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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 9, 2013
(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
GNOME 3.8 to drop fallback mode
Posted Nov 9, 2012 13:00 UTC (Fri) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
Posted Nov 9, 2012 22:01 UTC (Fri) by jbicha (subscriber, #75043)
Posted Nov 13, 2012 13:37 UTC (Tue) by nye (guest, #51576)
Windows 7 is supported until 2020. That means it will have been possible for a Windows user to use the same basic UI paradigm without significant interruption - but *with* incremental improvement - for *25 years*.
Twenty. Five. Years.
None of those projects has even *existed* for that long. Do you think Gnome 3 will still be around in 2020? Anything's possible, but let's say I'd be mightily surprised.
Posted Nov 13, 2012 15:12 UTC (Tue) by boudewijn (subscriber, #14185)
Twenty. Four. Years.
Gosh! That's almost as long as Windows!
And it has given its users the same basic UI paradigm -- windows, titlebars, buttons, panel, start menu from 1997 onwards. That desktop will still be around in eight years.
I'll grant you your "interruptions" -- for people eager enough to always install the latest version, instead of going with the supported 3.x versions while 4.x was settling down, but then, living through Windows 95, ME, XP, NT, 2000, Vista, 7 (and 8) hasn't been the bed of roses. Not for users, not for developers.
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